Elly McDonald

Writer

Someone Famous, With Girl (1985)

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stops at the sound of

his name called by

a stranger – then

recalls

who she is and forgets

himself: it’s you

he smiles (he always means it)

he laughs (and feels abashed)

her eyes mirror his

she is his (they always are)

they are both young

veterans

they both can

remember

moments of belief, of the only kind

he’ll know

all strangers

his kind. He is

kind, or he could be, this singled out

outsider

he takes her

camera and asks

Am I in there?

Author: Elly McDonald

Art lover. Loves her family and her dog. Worked in the Australian rock music industry as a journalist and published widely as a poet before moving to London and spending the better part of a decade in advertising agencies. Returned to Australia and briefly tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also as a high school classroom teacher. Has travelled Western Europe, North Africa, Russia, Northern India, East Asia, coastal USA, some Pacific Islands, and Australia.

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